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The Angola HorrorThe 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads$
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Charity Vogel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449086

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449086.001.0001

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(p.60) Chapter 5 Delays
The Angola Horror

Charity Vogel

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the delays encountered by the New York Express as it traveled on the way to Buffalo. It begins by focusing on conductor Benjamin Franklin Sherman, who was in charge of the train for the leg of its journey to Buffalo, and Gilbert W. Smith, the forward brakeman. It then considers the reaction of passengers to Sherman's voice as he ordered them to board the train. It attributes the delays to a mechanical breakdown with another train along the route and highlights Sherman's efforts to bring the already behind-time express train to its final destination in Buffalo by 6 P.M. The chapter also provides a background on three young men from Pennsylvania who were among the train's passengers: Edward T. Metcalf, William W. Towner, and J. Alexander Marten.

Keywords:   delays, New York Express, Buffalo, Benjamin Franklin Sherman, Gilbert W. Smith, passengers, Pennsylvania, Edward T. Metcalf, William W. Towner, J. Alexander Marten

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